Sunday, October 14, 2012

31 Days of Goosebumps Part 1 - 14. The Werewolf of Fever Swamp

I’m not gonna lie I had a very short attention span on this particular book. It wasn’t bad per say it just wasn’t very interesting either. It’s mostly just a kid fighting with his parents about a dog.

You see the main character is Grady. His family has moved to Fever Swamp to raise Swamp deer. One day Grady goes out to explore and meets Will and Cassie. Cassie tells him about the werewolf that haunts the swamp and Will shows him where the creepy old hermit lives in the swamp.

Grady finds a dog randomly in the woods and names it Wolf. Suddenly dead animals start appearing everywhere. Grady’s family things it’s Wolf killing everything but Grady swears in a werewolf.

Finally Grady and Will go into the woods searching for the werewolf assuming it’s the old hermit. In the end it turns out that Will is the werewolf and attacks Grady. Luckily Wolf saves his life before he’s killed but it’s too late.

The book ends with Grady turning into a wolf and hunting with his dog Wolf.

THE BAD: I would have named the dog something other than Wolf. As you can see in the description it’s confusing to write up anyway. Plus the hermit is mostly just a red herring throughout the book... but that leads me to...

THE GOOD: Perhaps I’m an idiot but I genuinely didn’t foresee the reveal of Will as the werewolf coming so that kinda shocked me.

THE TV SHOW EPISODE: This episode stars that kid from Freddy Vs Jason and Ginger Snaps 2, so it’s always cool to see an actor I know when he was like 10. Beyond that though there are few reasons why this episode needed to be a two parter. The first 20 minutes could have been told in about 5 minutes. They just keep repeating the same information over and over again. I do like that they changed Wolf’s name to Vandal. I wish Stine had thought of that. As far as adaptations go this starts off relatively faithful but then goes completely in it’s own direction with the Hermit kidnapping Grady in the middle of the story.

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